Israel to release 250 Palestinian prisoners

November 30th, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Jerusalem, Nov 30 (Xinhua) The Israeli cabinet Sunday decided to release 250 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-Al-Azha.The decision was made at a weekly cabinet meeting despite objections from a number of ministers, local news service Ynet reported.

The main opposition party Likud opposed the move with one of its lawmakers arguing that the release of prisoners will not promote the diplomatic process but harm the security of Israeli citizens, it added.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and informed him about the decision to release prisoners.

In August, Israel released 198 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Abbas.

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